Washington County Inmate Roster – 5-22-19

May 21

Washington County Sheriff’s Department

Elisha Reene Summers, 38, Pekin

  • Writ of Body Attachment
  • Violation of Terms of Release

Victor Miguel Colon, 50, Scottsburg

  • Failure to Appear on Felony Charge

Jason Michael Cornett, 32, Pekin

  • Serve Time

Jeffrey Todd Ashabraner, 55, Pekin

  • Possession of Meth
  • Possession of Paraphernalia

May 22

City of Salem Police

Joseph Richard Smith, 37, Salem

  • Domestic Battery
  • Public Intoxication
  • Criminal Mischief

Lacey Shay Smith, 37, Smith

  • Violation of Probation
  • Violation of Probation

Washington County Sheriff’s Department

Connie Lee Mason, 53, Salem

  • Failure to Appear

William C. Carson, 48, Salem

  • Escape From Lawful Detention – Violating a Home Detention Order

Juanita M. White, 32, Austin

(Charges Not Listed) 

May 23

Washington County Sheriff’s Department

Melody Dawn Arredondo, 27, Salem

  • Revoke Furlough

May 24

Washington County Sheriff’s Department

William Wayne Jenkins, 38, New York

  • Writ of Body Attachment
  • Failure to Appear on Felony Charges (Possession of Meth)

Jeremy William Lawson, 23, DePaul, IN

  • Out of County Charges Only


Day 2 begins In search for missing 4 year-old in Carroll County

Indiana Conservation Officers are resuming the search for a missing 4 year-old in Deer Creek at Riley Park in Carroll County.  New information will be released as it is made available.

At approximately 6 p.m. this evening, Carroll County 911 received a report of a child being swept away in flooded creek at Riley Park in Delphi. 

The initial investigation has revealed that a 4 year-old male was playing near Deer Creek in Riley Park when a witness observed him struggling in the water before being swept away.

Indiana Conservation officers are currently on scene searching by boat and utilizing sonar.  Additional resources are on their way to assist.

The 4 year-old child was last seen wearing a blue sleeveless shirt and blue shorts.

Officers on scene are urging the public to not venture near the water to assist with the search due to the dangerous elevated water levels and current.

New motorcycle crash stats published for Safety Awareness Month

2018 statistics reinforce helmet use, licensing and safe driving

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month coincides with rising temperatures this May as thousands of Hoosier motorcyclists shake off their winter blues and cruise. The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) partners with Indiana motorcycle groups to remind all motorists to “Share the Road”.

Motorcycle crashes

ICJI and Indiana University Public Policy Institute published new statistics in their 2018 Motorcycle Crash Fact Sheet at www.in.gov/cji/files/Crash_Facts_Motorcycles2018.pdf.

Motorcycles are involved in less than 2 percent of crashes but make up nearly 13 percent of all Indiana traffic deaths. Motorcycle crashes – and resulting injuries and deaths – have all declined over the past five years. Motorcycle deaths have fluctuated from a low of 100 in 2016, a high of 147 in 2017 to 112 in 2018.

In 2018, 55 percent of motorcycle crashes involved another vehicle while 45 percent were single-motorcycle crashes. Motorcycle operators age 21-44 were more likely to be involved in multiple-vehicle crashes while younger and older bikers were more likely to be involved in single-motorcycle crashes.

Among multiple-vehicle crashes, the biker was at fault in 40 percent of the time while the other driver was at fault for 58 percent:

  • The top unsafe actions motorcycle operators can avoid are following too closely, unsafe speed, improper passing and disregarding a signal or sign.
  • Top unsafe actions other vehicles can avoid are failure to yield right of way, unsafe backing and improper turning.

Get Legal, Get Licensed

One of the best ways to avoid a motorcycle crash is to prepare for and pass the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) motorcycle skills and riding test or to successfully complete an approved motorcycle safety course. More information is at www.RideSafeIndiana.com.

According to the BMV, many more Indiana drivers (415,945) choose to obtain or keep a motorcycle endorsement on their license than there are registered motorcycles (230,107). But more than half of motorcycle operators who crashed in 2018 did not have a driver’s license or a motorcycle endorsement.

Helmet use

In Indiana, motorcyclists age 18 or younger and those with a motorcycle learner’s permit are required to wear a helmet. Motorcyclists of all ages and abilities are less likely to be killed or injured if they wear helmets.

Helmet use rates are lower in crashes involving injuries and deaths and among motorcyclists ages 35-64. Men make up 85 percent of motorcyclists in crashes but wear helmets at higher rates than females. 

Driver tips

For Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, all drivers are urged to “Get Up to Speed on Motorcycles” as they operate differently than other vehicles. Below are simple things all drivers can do for the safety of our two-wheeled friends, who have very little protection in a crash.

  • Look twice for motorcycles at intersections. It is harder to judge a motorcycle’s speed and distance due to its small size.
  • Use a turn signal and check mirrors twice before changing lanes or merging with traffic. Almost 40 percent of a car is covered with blind spots.
  • Allow more following distance. Motorcyclists may stop quicker than expected and don’t always use their brakes.
  • Allow motorcycles the full lane width as they have the same right of way as any other vehicle.

Never drive distracted or impaired.

Five Legends Named to 2020 NASCAR Hall Of Fame Class

Baker, Gibbs, Labonte, Stewart and Wilson Comprise Hall’s 11th Class

NASCAR announced today the inductees who will comprise the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2020. The five-person group – the 11th since the inception of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010 – consists of Buddy Baker, Joe Gibbs, Bobby Labonte, Tony Stewart and Waddell Wilson. In addition, NASCAR announced that Edsel Ford II earned the 2020 Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR. The distinguished group will be honored during the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Jan. 31, 2020.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel met today in a closed session at the Charlotte Convention Center to debate and vote upon the 20 nominees for the induction class of 2020 and the five nominees for the Landmark Award.

The Class of 2020 was determined by votes cast by the Voting Panel, including representatives from NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, track owners from major facilities and historic short tracks, media members, manufacturer representatives, competitors (drivers, owners, crew chiefs), recognized industry leaders, a nationwide fan vote conducted through NASCAR.com and, for the sixth year, the reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion (Joey Logano). In all, 57 votes were cast, with two additional Voting Panel members recused from voting as potential nominees for induction (Ricky Rudd and Waddell Wilson). The accounting firm of EY presided over the tabulation of the votes.

Voting was as follows: Tony Stewart (88%), Joe Gibbs (72%), Waddell Wilson (72%), Buddy Baker (70%) and Bobby Labonte (67%).

The next top vote-getters were Mike Stefanik, Ray Fox and Hershel McGriff.

Results for the NASCAR.com Fan Vote, in alphabetical order, were Buddy Baker, Neil Bonnett, Harry Gant, Bobby Labonte and Tony Stewart.

The five inductees came from a group of 20 nominees that included, in addition to the five inductees chosen: Sam Ard, Neil Bonnett, Red Farmer, Ray Fox, Harry Gant, John Holman, Harry Hyde, Hershel McGriff, Ralph Moody, Marvin Panch, Jim Paschal, Larry Phillips, Ricky Rudd, Mike Stefanik and Red Vogt.

Nominees for the Landmark Award included Edsel Ford II, Alvin Hawkins, Mike Helton, Dr. Joseph Mattioli and Ralph Seagraves.

The Class of 2020 Induction Weekend is set for Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, through Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, at the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. The official Induction Ceremony will take place on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. The Class of 2020 marks the 11th class and a total of 55 legends inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Tickets to Induction Ceremony events begin at $75 per person (plus tax and applicable service fees). Tickets go on sale on Saturday, July 6, 2019, at 10 a.m. ET. Special pre-sales will be available to NASCAR Hall of Fame members Tuesday, June 25 through Friday, July 5. For additional details about the Class of 2020 Induction Weekend events and to learn about becoming a NASCAR Hall of Fame member, visit nascarhall.com.

 Class of 2020 Inductees:

 Buddy Baker

At six feet, six inches tall, Buddy Baker was often called the “Gentle Giant,” a nod to her personable nature during a 33-year career. In 1980, the Charlotte, North Carolina, native won the Daytona 500 with an average race speed of 177.602 mph – a track record that still stands. That same year, Baker became the first driver to eclipse the 200-mph mark on a closed course while testing at Talladega Superspeedway. He won 19 races in the Cup series, including a victory in the 1970 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway where he lapped the rest of the field. He also won back-to-back Coca-Cola 600s at Charlotte in 1972-73. After retiring in 1992, Baker made a successful transition to the television booth as a commentator for The Nashville Network and CBS, and later as a radio co-host on Late Shift and Tradin’ Paint for SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 Joe Gibbs

Joe Gibbs has won throughout his entire life. The three-time Super Bowl champion football coach started Joe Gibbs Racing in 1992 and has led the organization to four Cup Series championships and five Xfinity Series titles. Known as a master motivator, Gibbs’ 164 Cup Series owner wins (through May 22, 2019) rank third all-time. They include three Daytona 500 victories and five Brickyard 400 wins. His Cup Series titles have come with three different drivers: Bobby Labonte (2000), Tony Stewart (2002, ’05) and Kyle Busch (2015). Referred to in NASCAR circles has simply “Coach,” Gibbs was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996. 

Bobby Labonte

The ultimate grinder, Bobby Labonte raced any car he could get behind the wheel of before he got his first break as a full-time Cup Series driver at 28 years old in 1993. His persistence paid off with a career highlighted by 21 trips to Victory Lane and the 2000 Cup Series title. A success in all three of NASCAR’s national series, Labonte was the first of four drivers to win both a Cup and Xfinity Series championship. He is also one of 27 drivers to win a race in all three national series. The Texan showed up on the biggest stages throughout his 2000 Cup championship season, earning two of his four wins in the Brickyard 400 and Southern 500.

 Tony Stewart

Known as “The People’s Champion” for his blue-collar, hard-nosed style of competition, Stewart immediately showed that he would be a force to be reckoned with in NASCAR – earning three victories in his Rookie of the Year season. The titles soon followed. Stewart won his first Cup championship in 2002 driving for Joe Gibbs Racing and answered that quickly in 2005. His versatility was on display throughout his 17-year NASCAR career. He tallied 49 wins in the Cup Series – winning on every style of track. He won the prestigious Brickyard 400 at his beloved, home-state Indianapolis Motor Speedway twice. In 2009, Stewart became a team owner, partnering with Gene Haas. He won 16 times as a driver/owner including one of the most memorable championship pursuits in history. In 2011, he won five of the 10 Playoff races – including the season finale – to claim his third title by virtue of a tiebreaker over Carl Edwards.

Waddell Wilson

A dual threat as an engine builder and crew chief, Waddell Wilson powered and guided cars to some of the biggest victories in NASCAR history. As an engine builder, he supplied the power that helped David Pearson (1968, ’69) and Benny Parsons (1973) to Cup Series titles. Overall, Wilson’s engines helped some of the greatest drivers to ever wheel a car – including NASCAR Hall of Famers Pearson, Fireball Roberts, Bobby Allison, Cale Yarborough and Darrell Waltrip – to 109 wins and 123 poles. He originally gained acclaim for building the engine Roberts used to win the 1963 Southern 500. Wilson guided three cars to Victory Lane in the Daytona 500 as a crew chief, winning The Great American Race with Buddy Baker (1980) and Cale Yarborough (1983-84). The famed “Grey Ghost” he assembled for Buddy Baker still holds the Daytona 500 record with an average speed of 177.602 MPH.

Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR:

Edsel Ford II

There are few names as iconic in the sport of auto racing as Edsel Ford II. A member of the Ford Motor Company Board of Directors and longtime executive of the company founded by his great-grandfather Henry Ford, Edsel’s is a familiar face in the racing garage. Ford’s support of NASCAR has been both behind the scenes with the Ford Motor Company but also out in front where he is greeted warmly by the sport’s competitors, executives, team owners and fans at any race track he visits. His leadership at Ford includes time as President and Chief Operating Officer (May, 1991-1998) and a Director of International Speedway Corporation (November, 2007-October, 2015).

Switzerland County Woman Sentenced in Death of Child

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On May 20, 2019, a Vevay, Indiana woman was given a lengthy prison sentence as a result of pleading guilty to the crime of Neglect of a Dependent, Causing Death following the death of her two year old son and subsequent investigation by detectives from the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post.

The investigation began on June 18, 2017 when Indiana State Police Detectives were requested to investigate the death of Colton B. Johnson, age 2, who passed away at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. 

The investigation by Detective Grant Martin determined that Colton Johnson, who had a medical condition called “short bowel syndrome” was taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital by his mother Robyn Johnson, age 40, on June 16, 2017 due to complications resulting from his medical condition. 

After being examined by the medical staff at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Robyn Johnson declined any further medical attention and she checked Colton out of the hospital, contrary to the advice of the medical staff. 

Doctors at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital had determined that Colton had extreme dehydration and a possible blood infection that required hospitalization and further treatment and testing.  Robyn signed an “Against Medical Advice” form and returned to her home in Vevay with Colton. 

Two additional doctors contacted Robyn and urged her to return Colton to the hospital.

In the early morning hours of June 17, 2017, Colton was rushed back to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital after going into cardiac arrest.  Colton was unable to be revived and he passed away.

After an investigation that lasted over a year, Robyn Johnson was charged with Neglect of a Dependent, Causing Death. 

Johnson ultimately pled guilty in the Switzerland County Circuit Court and was given a 25 year sentence.  Johnson was also assessed fines and court costs.

Two Killed in Hancock County Plane Crash

This afternoon, around 12:45, an airplane with two passengers on board crashed into a farm field just north of the Mount Comfort Airport. Emergency crews were called to the area of  County Road 500 North and 400 West after several people called 911 to report a plane crash.

The first responders to the scene had difficulty reaching the wreckage due to muddy conditions. Once deputies from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, troopers from the State Police and fire personnel reached the wreckage they found no survivors.

After further investigation it was determined there were two people on board the plane and both were pronounced deceased at the scene. 

Currently, federal investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and National Traffic Safety Board are on scene conducting an investigation trying to determine what caused the crash.

The remains of the two victims were recovered by the Hancock County Coroner’s Office, the identity of the victims is being withheld at this time.

Any further media inquiries should be directed to the NTSB, who are the lead investigators. The scene around the wreckage will be restricted, including the restriction of UAVs (drones) until the wreckage is removed, which will likely happen tomorrow. 

Billy W. Hardin, age 77, of Salem

Mr. Billy W. Hardin, age 77, of Salem, passed away Thursday, May 16 at his home.

Mr. Hardin was born June 5, 1941 in Washington County, Kentucky the son of Clayton Albertson Hardin and Sarah Woford Hardin.  He was retired from General Electric in 1998, after 32 years of service. He was a Deacon, Song Leader, and Sunday School Teacher for Mt. Zion Baptist Church.  He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Billy is survived by his wife:  Nancy Nuckles Hardin.  They were married June 21, 1965.  He is also survived by a son:  Billy Joe Hardin of Salem, and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by three brothers:  Perry “PA” Hardin, Bobby Hardin, and Arthur “Art” Hardin, three sisters:  Anna Lyle Grant, Virginia Hardin and Linda Shell, and his parents.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1PM at Weathers Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Hicksite Cemetery with military honors.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 11AM-time of service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:  Amedisys Hospice.

UPDATE: I-265 EB now open in Floyd County after sinkhole repair

The Indiana Department of Transportation has reopened I-265 EB in Floyd County after it was closed between Charlestown Road and I-65 early Wednesday morning due to a sinkhole.

A number of motorists reported a large pothole on I-265 EB Tuesday night, causing Indiana State Police to close the affected lane. After further investigation, a sinkhole was found underneath the roadway, prompting a full closure of eastbound lanes.

MAC Construction was on site all day and into the evening Wednesday, working to repair the roadway

Jackson County Inmate Roster – 5-18-19

Inmates booked into the Jail within the last 24 hours.
Sutton, Daniel N
Booking #: 101316
Booking Date: 05-18-2019 – 12:30 am
Charges: 7.1-5-1-3 Public Intoxication
Bond: $355
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Silvers, Cody M
Booking #: 101315
Release Date: 05-18-2019 – 12:23 am
Booking Date: 05-17-2019 – 8:43 pm
Charges: 9-30-5-2 Operating Vehicle While Intox
Bond: $705
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Meroney, Michael A
Booking #: 101314
Release Date: 05-17-2019 – 5:38 pm
Booking Date: 05-17-2019 – 4:33 pm
Charges: 9-21-8-52 (A1) Reckless Driving-High Speed
Bond: No Bond
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Chadd, Jacquelyn A
Booking #: 101313
Booking Date: 05-17-2019 – 2:03 pm
Charges: 35-43-4-2(a) Theft
35-43-5-8(a) Scheme to defraud bank
Bond: No Bond
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Dillard, William E
Booking #: 101312
Booking Date: 05-17-2019 – 1:02 pm
Charges: 35-43-2-2 Criminal Trespass
35-43-4-2(a) Theft
35-43-5-2(a) Counterfeiting
Bond: $3510
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Henson, James W
Booking #: 101310
Booking Date: 05-17-2019 – 10:47 am
Charges: 9-30-10-16 Habit Traffic Violater
Bond: No Bond
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Inmates released from the Jail within the last 24 hours.
Silvers, Cody M
Booking #: 101315
Release Date: 05-18-2019 – 12:23 am
Booking Date: 05-17-2019 – 8:43 pm
Charges: 9-30-5-2 Operating Vehicle While Intox
Bond: $705
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Cox, Lisa
Booking #: 101300
Release Date: 05-17-2019 – 7:38 pm
Booking Date: 05-15-2019 – 7:28 pm
Charges: 35-44.1-3-1(a) Resisting Law Enforcement
Bond: $705
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Meroney, Michael A
Booking #: 101314
Release Date: 05-17-2019 – 5:38 pm
Booking Date: 05-17-2019 – 4:33 pm
Charges: 9-21-8-52 (A1) Reckless Driving-High Speed
Bond: No Bond
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Browning, Hunter M
Booking #: 101298
Release Date: 05-17-2019 – 3:38 pm
Booking Date: 05-15-2019 – 5:57 am
Charges: 35-43-2-2 Criminal Trespass
Bond: $705
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Hammond, Mark A
Booking #: 98957
Release Date: 05-17-2019 – 2:53 pm
Booking Date: 04-02-2018 – 2:17 pm
Charges: 35-43-4-2 A Theft
35-46-3-7 Cruelty to Animals w/prior off
35-43-1-2 Criminal Mischief
Bond: No Bond
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Johnson, David J
Booking #: 101292
Release Date: 05-17-2019 – 1:53 pm
Booking Date: 05-13-2019 – 1:42 pm
Charges: 35-44-3-6 Failure to Appear
Bond: No Bond
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Stidham, Allison
Booking #: 101126
Release Date: 05-17-2019 – 12:53 pm
Booking Date: 04-17-2019 – 12:12 pm
Charges: 0 Serve Time Superior Court
Bond: No Bond
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Bishop, John E
Booking #: 101042
Release Date: 05-17-2019 – 12:08 pm
Booking Date: 04-01-2019 – 1:32 pm
Charges: 9-30-5-1(b) BAC .15% or greater
9-30-10-16 Habit Traffic Violater
9-30-5-2(b) Operating Vehicle Intox/ Endangerment
Bond: $1505
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Dillard, William E
Booking #: 101159
Release Date: 05-17-2019 – 8:38 am
Booking Date: 04-22-2019 – 5:08 pm
Charges: 35-43-5-2(a) Counterfeiting
35-43-4-2 A Theft
35-43-2-2 Criminal Trespass
Bond: $1505
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Gehl, Malachi S
Booking #: 100985
Release Date: 05-17-2019 – 8:08 am
Booking Date: 03-21-2019 – 9:07 pm
Charges: 35-33-10-1 Rearrest-Adult/Warrant
35-42-2-1.3 Domestic Battery
35-43-2-1 Burglary
Bond: $2005
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Brown, Kevin M
Booking #: 101256
Release Date: 05-17-2019 – 5:53 am
Booking Date: 05-09-2019 – 8:22 am
Charges: 3 Out of County Hold
Bond: No Bond
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Washington County Inmate Roster – 5-20-19


May 17

Salem Police Department

Courtney Kay Hinson, 26, Pekin

  • Violation of Probation 

May 19

Washington County Sheriff’s Department

Curtis M. Wynn, 32, Palmyra

  • Domestic Battery 

Michael Aaron Baker, 34, Salem

  • Criminal Trespass

City of Salem Police

Richard Harwick Fetterly, 41, Jeffersonville

  • Theft

Kevin Wayne Nicholson, 44, Mitchell

  • Operating a Motor Vehicle While License Suspended or Revoked

May 20

City of Salem Police

Robert A Wheeler, 48, Salem

  • Parole Warrant
  • Possession of Meth